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Sword, King Arthur Sword, King Arthur, Brocéliande

I have finished my first read through of The Mythology and Rites of the British Druids by Edward Davies. I was absolutely stunned by the thought that Eidol, Earl of Gloucester, the lone survivor of the massacre of the long knives at Stonehenge could possibly be King Arthur, Knight of the Round Table. Intuitively I sensed that the Round Table meant the Beltaine Feast at Stonehenge where Vortigern and Hengist met for a truce meeting. I decided to look for independent verification of this in Wikipedia. Here is what I found:

The Story of the massacre of the long knives did take place in 472 AD. It did take place on Salisbury Plain and it did take place on Beltaine or May Day. It is mentioned in several historical chronicles which I will list. It is commonly thought to have occurred elsewhere.

In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle the final entry of 473 AD mentions that Hengist is mentioned as having taken “immense booty” and the Britons as having “fled from them like fire”.

In the History of the Britons it records that three vessels of exiles from Germany arrived in Britain and they were commanded by Hengist and Horsa, two brothers. Vortigern was the King of Britain and in 447 AD received them as friends and gave the brothers the island of Thanet. Vortigern offered them more supplies if they would help him against his enemies. They were allowed to send for more of their countrymen and the messengers returned with sixteen ships and Hengist’s beautiful daughter. Vortigern fell in love with her and promised Hengist whatever he liked to be able to marry her. Hengist demanded Kent in exchange and without consulting the true owner Vortigern agreed.

As father-in-law Hengist demanded the right of being his advisor and suggested more Saxon troops were needed to fight off the Scots and Picts. 40 more ships came with troops and they battled the Picts with Hengist sending for even more reinforcements.

Meanwhile Vortimer had made an enemy of Germanus, Bishop of Auxerre, and had gone into hiding at the advice of his council. [Here Wikipedia doesn’t mention it, and it doesn’t seem recorded but Vortimer, son of Vortigern is elected King of Britain and his father forced to step down] Vortimer engages the Saxons and drives them back four times until the Saxons fled to their ships. After a short time Vortimer died and Hengist sent Vortigern an offer of peace. Vortigern, who had once more been elected King of Britain accepted and they agreed to meet on Beltaine at an appointed location where the massacre took place.

In Book 6 Geoffrey records much the same thing. Hengist stayed at Vortigern’s court and assisted him in battle against the Picts. The Saxons fought so bravely that the enemy was speedily put to flight. Hengist kept inviting over more ships and seeing this the Britons tried to get Vortigern to banish the Saxon’s but on account of his wife Vortigern refused. His subjects turned against him and took his son Vortimer as their king. Vortimer drove the Saxons back, but was later poisoned by Rowena, his mother-in-law. Vortigern returned to the throne and Hengist returned with an army of 300,000 men. Vortigern resolved to fight them. Rowena told her father this and he changed his plans and offered a truce that led to the feast of the long knives.

In Book 8 Merlin prophesied to Vortigern that the brothers Aurelius Ambrosius and Uther Pendragon would return to have their revenge and defeat the Saxons. Vortigern had earlier killed their brother and father. [This must have happened immediately after the Feast of the Long Knives and is the first mention of Merlin the Druid] They arrived the next day and after rallying the disbursed Britons Aurelius was proclaimed King. Eidol, Duke of Gloucester, told Aurelius that he greatly wished to meet Hengist in combat, and explained that he had been at the treachery of the long knives.

So the important facts of the story bear out historically. The Feast of the Long Knives actually took place as described. Eidol, Duke of Gloucester, [High Priest, President of the Circle, Knight of the Inclosure] was one of the three that survived.

Forensic evidence also proves that Stonehenge was a massive place of death. I read up on Stonehenge and that checks out as well. Something really bad happened at Stonehenge and it never recovered.

It is safe to say that Eidol, Duke of Gloucester, was the Knight of the Round Table and that the Round Table was the Feast at Stonehenge where the massacre of the Long Knives actually took place. The heroes or champions dressed in purple so that they could be identified and killed more easily were the celebrated Knights of the Round Table who were unarmed and perished in the massacre. Merlin the Druid is also said to prophesize to King Vortigern and be alive at this time. To me this is definitive proof that Eidol is the mythical King Arthur.

It can also be definitively concluded that this slaughter of 360 [460 British Barons and consuls in Book 6] British nobles and an unnamed number of Druids at Stonehenge during the largest and most sacred feast of the year broke the back of the Druid culture. The massive “booty” reported in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle was undoubtedly the treasure of the temple at Stonehenge that was taken.

The only difficulty with the historical proofs seems to be that the Bard Aneurin was not alive during this time and the Song of Gododin not attributed to the Feast of the Long Knives but some other battle.

However, it is only after this massacre at Stonehenge that the Druids seem to have disappeared from the face of the earth leaving only the Bards to tell their story in the Legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Bird, Sword, Fantasy, King Arthur, Excalibur, Weapon

This is a continuation of clarification of yesterday’s post about King Arthur. Many historians think that King Arthur never existed, that he was mythical and they have never been able to find any historical traces of a round table.

Many scholars have tried to translate the Song of Gododin because it was very difficult and fragmented. Edward Davies translation took all existing translations into account before arriving at his conclusion that the massacre took place at Stonehenge during the Beltaine celebration of the Druids. His translation plainly indicates that this is so. Some scholars thought that Stonehenge was even erected as a monument to that massacre but it was not considered as the location of the massacre because the language in the poem was veiled. Aneurin had to be careful what he wrote because the Saxons were never driven out of Britain and the Druids were never able to recover from the disaster.

Aneurin writes about it some thirty years later in life. He was witness to what occurred and was taken prisoner as the Saxons overran the entire countryside. Apparently Aneurin as a Druid was involved in the festivities within the stone circle itself while the massacre of the nobles took place about 1/2 mile away. The crowd must have been enormous with only the chieftains and nobles alone of those massacred numbering 360. At the feast tables there must have been at least that many Saxons with the rest of both armies outside of that.

Vortimer, the dead son of King Vortigern, was elected King over his own father and a hero who drove the Saxons out of Britain with the help of other heroic warriors under his command. King Vortigern had married the daughter of Hengist and had previously given him the kingdom of Kent. He was in on the plot to get rid of these surviving heroes that had followed his son and they were all instructed to wear purple robes so they would be easier to kill. Hengist, however, double crossed him, captured him and forced him to not only hand over his lands but those of Norfolk and Sussex. 

Apparently of all the Britains there only three survived. Vortigern who was taken hostage, Aneurin who was taken prisoner, and Eidol who managed to escape after killing seventy of the drunken Saxons. He tried to guard the temple area of Stonehenge as the Saxons stormed it killing the Bards who were also trying to defend it.

An unknown number of Druids must have been slaughtered as well. It was one of the two most sacred celebrations of the Druid year, Beltaine, and Stonehenge was the greatest of the Druid monuments and the center of its magickal power. This single activity is what broke the power of the Druids forever and legends had to appear about it. These legends took the form of the Arthurian legends and the Round Table was simply a reference to the feast at Stonehenge where all the heroes were killed and the heart of the Druid culture was destroyed.

Eidol was made King in place of Vortigern and returned to bury the dead and set up memorials. He later killed Hengist in hand to hand combat and beheaded him and once more defeated the Saxons but was not able to completely drive them out of Britain. A few years after that he was poisoned. 

The author makes the claim that Eidol and Ambrosius are one and the same and that he went on to become King of Britain. To me it doesn’t matter if he was King of Britain as Ambrosius because he was certainly King in his own right as the successor to King Vortigern who fled to his castle and died when it was burned and destroyed.

I also have no doubt that he was not only the Earl of Gloucester, but also the legendary Knight of the Round Table, King Arthur! I also believe Aneurin fills the role of the legendary Merlin who was also there and lived to write about it after the power of the Druids had long been broken. I also suspect that the only reason they wrote about these things was because the power of the Druids had been broken and they wanted to immortalize these stories and these druidic teachings in any way that they could. 

So in this manner Edward Davies was certainly correct in focusing on only the writings of the most ancient Bards who were probably the last living druids!

King Arthur

Sword, King Arthur, The Legend, Excalibur, Antique Gun

In 472AD Hengist, the Saxon King of Kent,brought his army onto the British coast, after the death of Vortimer, they found that the inhabitants, under the command of Vortigern, were fully determined to oppose their landing. The Saxon chief Hengist made it clear to Vortigern that he had no intention of invading the country and that his fight was with Vortimer, son of Vortigern. Pretending as if he thought Vortimer was still alive.

Hengist suggested that they should both meet in May at Stonehenge on Salisbury plain with their highest officers and nobility and he also suggested that in a show of good faith everyone should come unarmed. 

Eidol, Emrys or Ambrosius, the Earl of Gloucester, is described as High Priest, President of the Circle and Knight of the Inclosure. His job was to act as host distributing the liquor at the feast. He was probably the only one at the feast that was sober.

Meanwhile Hengist had his people secretly wear long knives in their sleeves and arranged the seating so that at each table friend and foe sat side by side alternating. At a given signal they were to take their long knives and kill the person sitting next to them sparing only King Vortigern. In the middle of the feasting when all were drunk the signal was given and 360 of Vortigern’s nobles and chieftains were savagely murdered.

King Vortgern was captured and surrendered his own properties as well as Norfolk and Sussex to Hengist and his army.

Eidol was the only one who survived and escaped after killing seventy men. He was immediately named High King of Britain and returned to the place of the massacre to bury his dead countrymen and women. He later captured Hengist and beheaded him.

We know him not as High Priest,  President of the Circle or Knight of the Inclosure, but as King Arthur, Knight of the Round Table which was the feast at Stonehenge where 360 unarmed people were treacherously murdered.

This atrocity broke the back of the Druid culture and it swiftly died out. Its highest sacred temple becoming a place of death. The Bard Aneurin who wrote the Song of Gododin said that he witnessed it with his own eyes. He could very well have been the Druid also known as Merlin!

I have pieced together the remarkable strands of this story after reading about the massacre at Stonehenge in 472 AD. I got to thinking that was the time that King Arthur was supposed to have been alive. The Round Table was the great feast at Stonehenge! Suddenly all the pieces fell together! So King Arthur turns out to be the Earl of Gloucester. Who became High King of Britain!

The Druid belief in reincarnation gave rise to the legend that Arthur Pendragon and the Druid Merlin would return in Britain’s greatest hour of need!

I’m going to use this group as a place to put my notes while I’m researching Druids. I am sure someone might find them interesting! I’m currently reading “Galic Antiquities consisting of a History of the Druids particularly those of Caledonia” by John Smith published in 1780. This was a book written for the Galic Society in London.

First he says that the early Druids were sun worshipers with no deities and laughed at the idea that the Supreme Being could be found in a building.

Second point of interest is that the Druids were extremely serious about their religion compared to the Romans and Greeks who made fun of their own in literature and plays. No one made fun of the Druid religion!

Third, in November everyone put out their fires and were given sacred fire to light and take home. Anyone that was not legally in the right was not given fire and could not heat their homes. It was a great crime to give them fire unlawfully.

Fourth, they seemed unafraid of dying [the Celts in general] compared to those they fought against. Their belief in the afterlife was so strong.

Fifth, their two great Holy Days were Beltaine and Samhain which was when the veil between worlds is the thinnest.

Sixth, they celebrated the full moons and six days after the full moon which is when the activity in the astral planes moves from the Magickal planes into the Spiritual planes.

I’ve just started reading this book and will post more as I have things to share. I choose to go to source material because there might be something in these ancient texts that means something to me that might have been missed by others.

I’m currently reading “Galic Antiquities consisting of a History of the Druids particularly those of Caledonia” by John Smith published in 1780. This was a book written for the Galic Society in London. This book is a gold mine! The author not only draws from past written works but a study of the Scottish customs and a study of the gaelic language.  I will probably be posting a lot of notes. I just finished chapter 3 and have a little to say yet on chapter 2.

Regarding sacrifices they seem to have been of the nature of flour, milk, eggs and some herbs such as selago and verbena. Stating that the language itself doesn’t have terms that support the idea of other types of sacrifice.

Most ceremonies were probably performed by going three times around the circle, cairn or altar at which they were performed.

They had solid reputations as prophets and had the gift of second sight.

Chapter 3 moves on to the Druids as law givers, magistrates and judges. Every cause of importance came before them and there was no appeal. If someone did not agree with their judgement they were shunned and outcast from society. Any sentence of the Druids was to follow a  person in death as well and the afterlife. 

They held that hospitality was sacred-to all strangers every house was open, and every table free. At the departure the host was to ask what they had need of and how they could serve him. Any failure in the law of hospitality brought shame upon the person by his neighbors and harsh legal punishment. They punished the murder of a stranger with death and the murder of one of their own more lightly, as with banishment or a heavy fine. They were forbidden to ask the name of the guest or the country from which they came until the time of departure.

Enemies were always invited to a feast before open hostilities. This was to see if there was any chance at avoiding a conflict. They never fought until their first offers of peace were refused. They never engaged an enemy with a superiority of numbers. So they fought to the death neither giving  nor receiving quarter. 

Their code of life was apparently very simple: reverence the sole deity; abstain from all evil; behave valiantly.

Their judgements were considered judgement from heaven and taken as such. Extremely difficult cases ended up with the accused having his feet anointed with some type of oil and then being made to walk in a bed of hot coals. If he was injured he was guilty.

At this point I am reminded of a NLP trainer who told me about his graduation from training where the entire group walked barefoot through a bed of glowing coals. Out of about twenty people only one failed the test and ended up in the emergency room at the hospital.

Criminals sentenced to death were executed by Druids at special occasions and with religious ceremony giving the appearance of human sacrifice. The method of execution was burning. So there is no mention of a knife, an altar or of blood. Instead they are cast alive into the fire.

Most of the time this took place upon cairns of stone. Cairns of stone were raised to honor great heroes as well. So there appear to be two distinct kinds of cairns, one of outlaws and one of memorials. Putting a stone on a cairn was a way of immortalizing and validating what it stood for.

At the death of a person a tribunal was formed that passed judgement upon the deceased and determined what type of funeral rites they were to have. They also determined where the soul was going to go after death. This had a very powerful effect upon those close to the deceased. Those who were judged extra favorably were added to the songs to be sung by the bards.

Favorable judgements were the cause of celebrations and possibly the root of the wake.

In the poems of Ossian we find heroes eager to obtain their funeral song even though the tribunal had long since passed away and their ghosts haunted the places where they died. 

The souls of the victorious dead were said to be accompanied by some sign from nature as they made their way to paradise.

Lastly, it was said that the world will either end by fire or in a deluge.

I’m currently reading “Galic Antiquities consisting of a History of the Druids particularly those of Caledonia” by John Smith published in 1780. This was a book written for the Galic Society in London. 

Notes on chapter 4

This chapter is on philosophy. None but those of genius were admitted, they had to study hard and it took twenty years.

I find this interesting because I spent twenty-two years studying the weekly monographs of the Rosicrucian Order AMORC. AMORC is a mystical and philosophical organization. But in that twenty two years it is expected that one will achieve Cosmic Consciousness or The Crossing of the Great Abyss. It took me about fourteen years but I prayed, studied and meditated every day. Not necessarily Rosicrucian as I was often side tracked into other areas of study. Perhaps this length of time was not to study the material but to ensure Cosmic Consciousness and the merger with Source happened?

Yearly they had a big get together where all members could be updated on important matters. 

Early commerce with the Phoenicians provided opportunities of outside learning. Like the Phoenicians and the Egyptians the symbol of an egg coming out of the mouth of a serpent was important.

They studied astronomy and the course of the stars; used molten glass as telescopes to see the moon better. So they knew the manufacture of glass and even some dwellings in the highlands were vitrified ruins. It might be possible that they discovered the making of glass and not the Phoenicians. This because there is a gaelic word for glass which indicates it is native to the language.

They used astronomical knowledge in the building of their places of worship, those that were built of stone. 

It is certain that they were skilled with letters, reading and writing, even though they did not put their religion in writing. Indeed, their very law against putting their religion in writing is proof that writing was in use among them.

This alphabet consists exactly of the sixteen letters which Cadmus brought from Phoenicia around 1400 BC with only the addition of the letter F. The author suggests that the Druid letters came from the same source as the Cadmus letters but not from them directly.

The Druids of Britain probably learned the Greek language before the time of Caesar because of trade. The philosopher Abaris seems to have been a British or Hebridian Druid. Abaris was a student of Pythagoras.

They had rocking stones, spherical stones of great size that were so delicately balanced that a little push would make them go one way or the other. These were used to amaze the people as proof of magick. At a touch of the Druid they would shift a bit and vibrate. Later they could be reset. They were called judgement stones.

The author suggests they may have made early use of gunpowder because they were known for their ability to produce artificial thunder and lightning. They made use of this to make people fear their magick.

Most of the Celtic tribes held the study of letters in contempt because they believed that it weakened the warrior. The Druids encouraged this because they sought to keep the masses uneducated and dependent upon them.

I’m currently reading “Galic Antiquities consisting of a History of the Druids particularly those of Caledonia” by John Smith published in 1780. This was a book written for the Galic Society in London. 

Notes on chapter 5. This is the final chapter leaving only  poems and such that I will need to work through as time allows. I hope that some of the information I have shared has been found interesting.

This last portion is about the medical profession as the druids were healers as well. As well as knowledge of the common herbs, mistletoe was held in great regard as a cure-all. The author suggests that this might have to do with bringing religion into the healing process as mistletoe was a sacred herb. This would imply that the healing had God’s blessing. A strong faith would assist the cure.

They often prescribed bathing in certain springs or waters that might be some distance away, making the sick person get up and be active in walking to the cure spot which they were required to visit three different times. It seems that the number 3 is quite important to the Druids.

But they also seemed intent upon prevention even more than the cure as this little bit of wisdom suggests:

The chief recipe for health, cheerfulness, temperance, and exercise or early rising.

In summary it appears the Druids took great effort to have a monopoly on everything of authority and be active in both civil and religious power. Some of which was done through suggestion and keeping the general population ignorant. 

It also seems that their downfall lay in the interactions with other cultures who brought competing beliefs and values. But it should not be forgotten that the Druids created a solid social system that lasted several thousand years and that they acquired their  power through real merit and maintained it. Even the Roman empire could not destroy it.

Just a few notes as I begin two mammoth books, “The Barddas” by Iolo Morganwg; and “The Mythology and Rites of the British Druids” by Edward Davies. These two books are both over 600 pages each and it will take some time to sort through them.

But I’m given to understand that most of what we can know about the Druids comes to us from the triads, short verses about particular subjects. Of interest is that Kevin Trudeau’s Mega Memory seminar speaks of how one can improve memory by deliberately making three different associations to the same bit of information! So it seems the triads are using a memory technique that was known to the druids!

Next comes some impressions that I get as a student of the western mystery traditions. In general there are two sources of cosmic power which can be tapped into, the Spiritual Light as Source and Gaia or The Cosmic Womb. We see these as the mystic path and the magickal path. There are only a few mystery school traditions that cover both and they are all magickal, with a focus on channeling and ceremonial magick. The Rosicrucians for example are a mystical path and not a magickal path.

The Druids are definitely not simply shamanic because they are way too philosophical for that! They work with both the higher and lower levels.

Also they seem to have a distinct and definite access to the underworld, Summerland or etheric planes that is not theoretical but functional. This is worth considering in my opinion.

From all we know about the druids and their connection to Gaia they seem to be both mystical and magickal at the same time. The Gaia connection is definitely there as oaks and groves are sacred. Also the inclusion of women and the ability to do magick.

But the mystical connection also seems to be there and especially because druidry seems to have been so easily absorbed into Christianity which is not necessarily magickal and lacking a Gaia connection. Christianity is very much of the 3rd eye center. So Druidry seems to be a variant of the Order of Melchizedek, which is the only Order of Antiquity that does both. This is also the most ancient of Orders.

The very simple instructions of Druidry also seem akin to that of ancient Zoroastrianism, to do what is right, reverence the Divine Being, and simply lead a good life. This places it solidly in the camp of those traditions I choose to call Organic Gnosticism.

The Mythology and Rites of the British Druids by Edward Davies 1809. My first notes deal with page 53 but first a little information that I find interesting. It seems there is a bit of a conflict between Edward Davies and a group called the Bards of Glamorgan. It seems the Bards of Glamorgan discovered a source of previously unknown manuscripts and their authenticity has been questioned. So the author will not use any of that new material and will rely upon manuscripts that have been known to exist for a long time and have been authenticated.

That means this book should be a nice balance to “The Barddas” which we know to have been compromised.

“If the poem called Canu y byd mawr, “The great song of the world”, contains anything of Druidism, we must acknowledge at least, that it is mixed with a large proportion of foreign matter.

The subject is man and the universe. – The soul is said to be seated in the head of man, who is composed of seven elements, fire, earth, water, air, vapor, blossom,( the fructifying principal), and the wind of purposes (q. whether the soul or the passions?) He is endowed with seven senses, appetite and aversion being admitted into the number. – Hence perhaps the vulgar phrase, of being frightened out of one’s 7 senses. There are seven skies or spheres over the head of the diviner.

There are three divisions of the sea, answering to the like number of shores.

Thus far, for aught I know, the Bard may have drawn from the source of druidism: but he proceeds to reckon up the seven planets, by names which are borrowed or corrupted from the Latin – Sola, Luna, Marka, Marcarucia, Venus, Severus, Saturnus.”

Previous to this the author was writing about Julius Caesar so this may date from that time but I am uncertain. What stands out to me is the seven elements and seven spheres over the head of the diviner. This tells me that this bard at least was familiar with the seven astral bodies and had names for the seven elements they were made up of.

This is just an update on some of the frustrations of Druid research that I’ve come across. I’m currently at about page 95 in the book by Edward Davies and he has pretty well blasted the Bards of Glamorgan proving that they were projecting ideals from the French Revolution onto the druids that didn’t exist. Ideals such as concepts of equality and peace loving at all costs.

Among other points he cites that of the Arch-Druid who according to Caesar was the absolute authority in the druid society and after he died the various factions voted and if no clear winner appeared the position was to be determined by combat between the two top contenders. Which hardly seems peace loving or showing a love of equality. He gives much more but that is enough to get the idea. The Bards of Glamorgan are obviously projecting values that were not there and quite likely values from the French revolution.

He also makes the point that the writings of the bards were quite different than what was known of the ancient druid triads. So just about all of the existent literature is contaminated. 

For example, true ancient triads had two lines that gave imagery that would be familiar to the common person and then the third came in with a totally unrelated punch line that carried the real point. For example:

“Snow of the mountain! The bird is ravenous for food-

Keen whistles the blast on the headland-In distress, the

friend is most valuable!”

The later writings of the bards altered this basic structure turning it into a different kind of triad and injected values from Christianity as well. So you can tell the truly ancient ones from the newer ones by the way they are written.

He also shares the basic weakness of these manuscripts. How can the bards draw from the same source as the druids when they were only beginners in their studies? Or said bluntly, how can a kindergartner write a college thesis?

But the author has his own bias and openly states his intention of showing that the superstition of the druids is exactly the same as that of the Greeks and Romans. 

It would have been nice if an occultist had been able to place an occult perspective on some of this and I guess that is what I’m trying to do.

I’m currently at around page 145 in Edward Davies book and need to put a few notes down because my head is swirling with thoughts. In this portion of the book he seeks stories of the great flood within the ancient druidic writings. He comes to the conclusion that there were stories of the deluge and that Noah, the great patriarch was deified as a sun god.

But before I go down that rabbit hole I would like to share a little scientific research that applies to this issue:

The November 14, 2018 journal of Science Advances tells of a giant meteor strike discovery beneath the Hiawatha glacier in Greenland. It is 19 miles across making it in the top 25 known meteor strikes. It was made of iron and they estimate it weighed 11 to 12 billion tons! It is fairly recent, perhaps as young as 12,000 or 15,000 years ago. That was when Atlantis was destroyed in a great flood and cataclysm that completely destroyed the ancient world and kicked off an extinction event during what is called the younger Dreyus period. 

So there was a great flood and this is a viable way of research. First he discovers that mountains and lakes are considered sacred and he suspects ritual enactments of the great deluge are at the root of this. In one instance he points out that there are not really any mountains in Britain like the legends talk about and he suggests the mythos came from the island of Samothrace which had a sacred mountain of the gods and which was a major center of worship at one time. So people migrated from that area into Britain bringing their stories with them. I might mention that mount Arrat, the mountain upon which Noah’s Ark supposedly came to rest was never considered a center of sacred activity.

He also mentions that the bull and serpent are both important symbols in the druidic stories and that Noah was considered the first husbandman who invented agriculture and developed wine from grapes. As the inventor of husbandry or agriculture he was often depicted as a bull. There were many stories of a team of oxen pulling something out of a sacred lake that had flooded the entire world.

This might be true but I have a problem in understanding this because my understanding of the ancient Celts was that husbandry didn’t figure into their culture which was entirely devoted to herding and hunting. Was the author referencing druidic manuscripts from the mainland as well? Are bulls and cows an important part of Celtic society? I thought it was more about pigs? I really don’t know much about this area.

But anyway the bull and the oxen are important symbols of strength throughout antiquity and the bull is worshiped all over the place. And I’m reminded of the Egyptian bark that carries Horus through the sky. Is that Noah’s ark as well? And the chariot that carries Apollo, is it drawn by oxen? Is there really an abundance of symbolism telling one great story? And is Poseidon just another name for Noah?

Apparently there is also a story of eight people surviving the deluge in the Ark and are known as the Oagdad? Or the eight who were deified. Ancient Egyptain mysteries mention a sacred eight divinities who created our world? Scratches head.

No answers, but I needed to put these notes down so I don’t forget.

I’m at around page 167 of Edward Davies book and need to regroup and take a few notes. Truly I never dreamed the road that this research would lead me down. We’ve already established the reality of a great flood or deluge and it makes sense that stories of it would abound in all cultures that were affected by it. I tried to find some good information of the mysteries of Samothrace and found there was hardly anything out there. I did find a book that looked promising and ordered it. Samothrace was pre-Hellenic Greece and could very well be a common origin point of both the Greek and Druid Cultures. The little I found out about it was that it was heavily goddess oriented and influenced the Minoan and Phoenician cultures. The Phoenicians of course being the first to trade with the Druid culture.

In any case the book goes on to suggest that the many sacred islands, mountains and rivers may have been the result of dramatic reenactments of the story of the deluge and the story of Noah and the ark. There are stories of floating islands and moving islands which might be symbolic of the ark itself as a raft with both people and animals upon it. And of course the sacred landing spot at which the ark finally came to rest. These events could very well have been reenacted symbolically as the story of the deluge, Noah and the ark finally reaching the sacred island of the gods at Samothrace? 

Over time these places of reenactment became sacred in their own right. This was certainly a concept that I had never considered and I can’t help but think of all the stories and legends of secret islands, hidden islands, holy islands and sacred mountaintops. I certainly need to think a bit more about this as it is simply stunning to me.

I’m at around page 238 of The Mythology and Rites of the British Druids by Edward Davies. Unfortunately an entire section of the text is unreadable with one page being readable and to facing page unreadable! So it is impossible to get a sustained conception of what the author is trying to say.

Regardless, I find myself unconvinced of some of the arguments the author brings forward in this section. But first what this section is about. He continues in the beginning with the story of the deluge but now takes on the role the feminine principle or goddess plays in the druidic stories. Then he moves on to the story of Taliesin and tries to find corresponding links with other cultures and not doing a convincing job of it in my opinion.

But because of that seed thought linking the druids to Samothrace I leap to my own instinct that is worth sharing. After all, I’m reading this to stimulate my own understanding and not parrot someone else’s. The question is whether I can adequately put my feeling into words.

Ceridwin is the goddess and in the story of the deluge the goddess is both the storrn, the tempest and the sure passage through it! The safe landing of the ark and Noah on sacred ground is due to the guiding light and power of the goddess herself and is blessed, but at the same time she is the mighty ocean and the terrible storm. The safe passage is like giving birth to a new life.

I think this same cycle continues at another level in the story of Taliesin who as one of the furies or a witch she has a different type of cauldron or vessel and she is both the force that seeks to destroy him and the force that grants him safe passage into a rebirth!

This to me truly smacks of goddess worship and not old testament stuff!

At page 283 of Edward Davies book I find that I need to write down some notes or lose them entirely. The ruined pages continue so that I can only glean a little here and there but that is enough!

The clue lies with the notion of the goddess that I had in the last post, that of the raging storm and the safe passage through it. Taliesin was said to have been born three times and the last time was when Ceridwin wrapped him up and placed him in a small coracle and sent him down the river where he was caught and brought to safety. 

Apparently the final  initiation to become a Druid was to be placed in a small coracle presumably bound and helpless, with the coracle sealed up and then pushed into a dangerous and raging rapids to wash up further downstream. If he or she survived they would never again in their lives doubt the ability of the goddess to grant safe passage through any danger. I would suppose that other Druids would assist in protecting the coracle through etheric projection. 

The end result of such an initiation would be an iron clad will and belief in the power of the goddess and an attitude similar to that of: if it doesn’t kill you it will make you stronger! Which seems appropriate for the Druids. 

Another interesting link to both the Goddess and story of the deluge is that of Arianrod, the goddess of the silver wheel who poured forth the stream of the rainbow which made certain that the world would never again be destroyed by flood. So it is the Goddess and not God who shines the rainbow as a sacred  promise.

The author believes that the similarities of the Christian Bible and the story of Noah and the deluge were what allowed them to accept Christianity so readily.

Organic Gnosticism Course Online Live!

Well folks, its here! At least the first four modules. I was torn between getting a few more modules done or allowing some people early access and my compromise is to let you, those who have followed me the longest, to begin early if you are interested in this amazing course. In a month just before the next full moon I will advertise this on my PaganSpace site.

It has been a life long dream of mine to have a mystery school and I was beginning to think that it would never happen. But I try to allow myself to be guided in these things and recently I was closing out some accounts that my wife had. As her spouse I was the only one with the authority to do it and I felt that she would approve of my spending that money on this Online Course which we both dreamed of. So I can offer this course free for a couple of years and then it needs to find a way to support itself.

That is why I could really use your help! For those interested in my work it would be very helpful if you would enroll in this course and give feedback and discussion on what works and what needs to be improved and perhaps what is missing. To be successful this course needs to hit the mark dead on! You all can help me to refine it to the highest quality possible.

I believe that I can complete this course in one year of weekly modules. Each module would have five or six lessons depending upon what seems most appropriate. This would be material that I wish I had known about years ago when I started upon this journey. That includes completely new material that I am just now in the process of discovering!

You have been following my posts for several years and know what a mess it is to try and find anything! Organizing this material into a course allows it to be easily found and referenced, but it also allows me to share more about why the material is important and a chance to answer questions if things are not completely understood.

The main tool that will be used in the course is a weekly meditation that will be given for a specific purpose. In the beginning this will be the OAK Energy Ball Meditation as I discovered it and used it myself, one chakra at a time. After we have moved on to portal work I will be adding pathworking meditations based upon the Tarot designations I just discovered through the Aurum Solis.

The use of these meditations is a very powerful tool that makes you familiar and comfortable with the altered states of consciousness and working with energies. It also helps to activate the chakra centers and harmonize them so that awareness can easily shift from one level to another. This is hands on experiential knowledge.

The difference between group portal meditations and individual meditations is profound! In group portal meditations each member of the circle helps every other member and the advancement is rapid. Individual meditation work is the final proof of competency though! Ultimately you need to be able to do things on your own and that is why both forms of meditations will be offered.

Each module will also have a historical section that will track the Organic Gnosticism movement up through the ages so that we can understand it better and be proud of it. There is nothing really new under the sun and we are simply taking what has always been know to a higher level of understanding.

Each module will have a scientific/psychological section that will attempt to place ancient concepts within a modern framework that is effective and empowering. A perfect example of this is placing the Hermetic Kabbalah upon the Periodic Table of Elements, something that has never been done before.

Lastly each module will have a section on self empowerment, beginning with Assertiveness Training and Anger Management. These are techniques and concepts that can be put into immediate practical use!

By now you all know me. Most of what I have to say is written in as few words as possible. But it would be really helpful if you would step up and help me find the best words! This Organic Gnosticism Course can be the most powerful and effective tool for personal empowerment out there! To do that people need to be impressed by it enough to recommend it to their friends. With your feedback and suggestions I can make it that impressive!

Hope to see you there!

joe

Nature, Earth, Sustainability, Leaf, Caution, Cycle

Connection to Gaia New Pathworking #1

This is the first in a series of pathworking meditations that I have created using the new OAK system that makes use of the complete Periodic Table of the Elements. This first pathworking connects us to Gaia as the Cosmic Womb of all life rebirthing us into a new life. This connection to Gaia is important for the Druid tradition as well as any magickal traditions. I have created this meditation for my own use, but welcome others to use it as well!

Ghost, Spectrum, Spirit, Priestess, Maga, Forest

What I’ve learned so far! My latest adventures with the OBOD and Aurum Solis have had some interesting side effects that have also helped clarify and crystalize things on my own personal path. So what I would like to share is that the most important things a person can do to advance their own personal journey are these things:

Any portal meditation works to connect you to the two ultimate power sources, the Spiritual Light and The Cosmic Womb of Creation. When you connect to these two powers you can begin to channel energy instead of generating it with your physical body! As you open up more energy channels and eliminate toxins and repressed energies this tends to feed upon itself and allow you to make even more progress! The tapping into these two cosmic power sources has traditionally been called high magick because it is far more powerful than being limited to the energies produced by the physical body itself.

The portal meditations are conducted as if you are part of a group and other members are there with you as you assist them and they assist you in the opening and blending of each chakra energy! This collective working of the portal meditations allows each member to be in effect soulmates to the other members of the circle. This means you don’t need to wait to find that special person whose energy harmonizes with your own. The energy of each member of the circle harmonizes with the energies of every other member. Group work becomes much more powerful and effective than solo practice in the tapping in to the two cosmic power sources and the awakening of each individual chakra.

Each individual chakra needs to be fully activated and each individual astral body needs to be permanently activated as quickly as possible. Again, the group portal meditations work to do this in a collective manner and may also lead to the permanent activation of each individual energy body. These things are the first phase that needs to be completed before moving to the second phase.

The second phase is the one that I am working on right now. I am working daily with the full chakra activation meditation which allows me to shift my awareness from one energy body to another and smooth out any wrinkles or vulnerable spots. The final goal is to totally merge all seven energy bodies into one completely integrated soul body! This work consists of healing individual levels and balancing them, sending energy out for any magickal purpose and whatever you choose to do or explore.

Working from this integrated soul body is like being surrounded by a magickal mist in which you can find or create or heal anything that you focus your attention on! The ultimate goal is to have your awareness permanently exist at this level. That means smoothing out all the wrinkles in the various levels and making the energetic contacts between the two cosmic power sources as clean and pure as possible!

So in summary I would suggest any beginner to start with a portal meditation until they are very comfortable with it. Then attempt the advanced chakra activation meditation. These two meditations are all a person requires to completely integrate and empower their soul body. All the rest is perhaps nice to know, but not needed.

I intend to be working with the advanced chakra activation meditation for a long time because it is so powerful. Right now I need to do it just after I wake up in the morning before I eat anything. Otherwise I tend to blank out or slip away to something else and loose my focus on the meditation. So this is definitely a difficult meditation to perform correctly.

In a way these two meditations summarize my entire life’s work! This is probably the ultimate simplification of the completion of the magickal and mystical paths! I don’t think they can be simplified down any more than this!

Wailpaper, Aura, Meditation, Emotion, Transcendence

Here is the deal. I’ve been doing several rituals or meditations every day for one reason or another. By far the most powerful is my own shifting awareness point meditation which I need to do right away in the morning when I am fresh. If I have eaten or am too tired I seem to blank out or go off on my own and miss consciously finishing the meditation. I can also say that it is the most effective at this point and showcases just how important having all chakras fully opened really is!

The most perfect example of why it is important is the very simple ritual of casting a circle for the OBOD. It is simply going to each direction and sending peace energy out into the world, but I can send this energy from each chakra center and I can also sense all the energies within the circle that belong to each chakra. There is no easy way to say this so I will just blurt it out:

Knowing what I now know I would not attempt casting any circle for any purpose unless I knew that all my chakra centers were open and active! If you are working on one particular level you need to be aware of what is happening on the other levels! It is best that you can work on all levels at the same time!

Working with the portal meditations will safely open and energize all chakra centers and the sharing of energy and helping other members of the circle will assist in making this the best use of time and energy in terms of getting results. When you are working with portal energy you are working with all the energies at the same time and it is more powerful and effective than just trying to work with one energy.

The old way of developing one energy center and then working with the energy of that center to do things such as astral projection or energy/magickal work is simply obsolete! The astral will now find ways to work around what you are trying to do unless you have the ability to work on all levels at the same time! Other magickal practitioners will simply find ways to get around you as well.

Full spectrum energy work is the only way to go! Full spectrum energy work with Druid practice is a very powerful combination that centers the earth energy and works with the vital life force that exists within all things.

So work the portal meditations until you are very comfortable with them. Then you can try some of the awareness point shifting meditations to more fully activate the various energy bodies. Also very important is to actively try working with the energies once you are in an altered state. Get to know them and get a sense of how they work and what works best for you. Remember that an open chakra grants the ability to work with that energy. A closed chakra won’t work at all.

I love Danheim and have several of his albums! Enjoy!

Night, City, Evening, Sunset, Sky, Light, Dusk, Fire

This is going to be a rather strange post to go into a Druid oriented blog but in many ways it brings up some things that truly need to be addressed and confronted. Just as the universe and the cosmic are receptive to our wishes and desires, we are born hard wired to be suggestible. If someone asks our birthday or where we live we don’t even stop to think before we give them the information. In the Air Force I took basic land survival and POW resistance training and they taught that we are too gullible and easily duped. While I won’t go into it, I will say that humans are hard wired to do what external authority tells them to do and to not question it even when it should be questioned.

But the point of this post is to point out that our society bombards us with suggestions every day. Think of the commercial advertisements, the fake news, the Covid 19 epidemic. Religion suggests that we are sinful and unclean so we become sinful and unclean. Medical science tells us that we need new medications so we become dependent upon them not trusting the natural healing ability of our physical bodies. It is suggested that we go to the experts rather than try to do something on our own. So we loose faith in our own ability to successfully cope with things in life.

What we choose to focus on becomes real to us! It becomes our reality! We are naturally suggestible to these things and naturally compliant. We instinctively trust that others have our best interests in mind. We are hard wired that way.

We are hard wired to follow what is suggested to us.

Here is another suggestion:

The physical body is naturally able to heal itself. It has strong healing abilities that it can use against illness. But when it is stressed and doesn’t know what is wrong, doesn’t understand the source of the stress, it can’t do anything to release the stress. When the stress becomes too great it will create an illness or a crisis simply to relieve the stress because that stress has become life threatening.

That is what happened in our own society with Covid 19. The stresses within our divided society became so great that an illness, an epidemic was created to release those stresses. There needed to be some kind of release and that is what the lock down achieved. But it did nothing to address the core reasons of why our society is so divided. The stress is still building!

If we want something we need to ask for it. We need to work toward it. The new lesson for magickal empowerment is an old one:

We need to suggest to ourselves, to others and to the Cosmic those things that we want and desire and they will be drawn to us and we will be drawn to them! It cannot be any simpler! This is true for society as well. We need to suggest and focus on what we want society to be and not focus on the problems that it has. We need to learn how to use the power of suggestion in a positive way and not in a negative way! We need to do this for ourselves as individuals and for society at large. This is how the new energy works. It is time to both believe in the healing power of the human body and to believe in the healing power of society!

Have high, positive expectations and search for ways they can be achieved. There is always some common point that can be used as a beginning for compromise and stability, but only when you believe in humanity, believe in each other. When you look for enemies you will find enemies! When you believe in life and in love you will find life and love. When you believe in death and fear you will find death and fear!

What are you suggesting to yourself and what are you suggesting to others? What are they suggesting to you? Learn to use the power of suggestion wisely and not abuse it.

The power of suggestion and the power of stories is an important aspect of the Druid way of life. It is one of their most powerful tools.